The benefit cap: the limits of legal challenge

01 October 2019
Issue 164 (Autumn 2019)

Welfare rights advisers use the law on a daily basis to challenge decisions on social security benefits and to ensure their clients receive their legal entitlement. However, there are occasions when what needs to be challenged is not a decision which has not been taken in accordance with the existing law, but rather the law itself. This is what CPAG’s test case work is about.

Carla Clarke discusses CPAG’s recent challenge to the benefit cap, on the basis that it discriminates against lone parents, why it was ultimately unsuccessful and where we can go next.

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